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The PRS legislation – what you need to know

The PRS legislation sets safety standards for those in the private rented sector.

The Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector were put into place in June 2020.

This legislation made it mandatory for private landlords in England to have electrical safety checks carried out at least every five years.

Another requirement in the legislation is that these checks must be carried out by a qualified and competent person.

If you are a landlord and your tenants refuse access or COVID restrictions prevent inspection, then you have not breached legislation.

Evidence of communication between tenants and electrical contractors should be recorded.

It is also beneficial to keep servicing records and safety reports to show that the installation has been kept in good condition.

The guidance requires landlords to test electrical wiring, sockets, consumer units and other electrical parts at least every five years.

During inspection, the competent person will check if…

  • Any electrical installations are overloaded
  • There are any potential shock risks or fire hazards
  • There is any defective electrical work
  • There is a lack of earthing or bonding

Although regular PAT testing is recommended for landlords, this is not covered under the Electrical Safety Standards regulation.

National electrical safety standards should be met whilst a tenant is living at the property.

Tenants must be given a report that shows the condition of the property’s electrical installations – the local council can request this document too.

The PRS legislation was put into place to reduce death and injuries due to electrical faults.

If you are a tenant paying rent, then you are covered by these requirements.

If you are a landlord and struggling to find a qualified electrician, contact us at KWE today on 01670 856049 or email us at